Loot boxes and its relation to gambling could come under further scrutiny in Australia

Loot boxes could be subject to further investigation in Australia.Image: Getty Images/Westend61 The question over whether loot boxes constitute as gambling keeps popping up. Australia’s government could be the latest set to investigate the gaming feature, after a Senate committee recommended a “comprehensive review” of loot boxes in a report…

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Corporate PACs Took A Beating In The Election. Now They Want More Power.

A trade group representing corporate political action committees plans to push back on growing skepticism of big business’s influence by bashing the less-regulated super PACs, courting friendly politicians and journalists, and even demanding higher campaign contribution limits. Attorneys and lobbyists for the National Association of Business Political Action Committees (NABPAC)…

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Otter Breaks Into Landmark Garden, Steals Expensive Fish, Has Delicious Time

For over 3,000 years, the tradition of the “scholar’s” garden has grown into a central part of Chinese culture. Each feature has a significance established through centuries of Confucian and Daoist tradition: artificial mountains represent strength and power, while flowers and trees are carefully selected for their symbolic and aesthetic qualities.…

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UK parliament seizes cache of internal Facebook documents to further privacy probe

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may yet regret underestimating a UK parliamentary committee that’s been investigating the democracy-denting impact of online disinformation for the best part of this year — and whose repeat requests for facetime he’s just as repeatedly snubbed. In the latest high gear change, reported in yesterday’s Observer, the…

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